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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences degree program in the School of Geosciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2014

 

Dean Sharon Mosher of the School of Geosciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Geosciences Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on September 19, 2011. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 14, 2011, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with UT System.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by December 22, 2011.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on December 15, 2011.



Proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences degree program in the School of Geosciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
 

Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences
Option IV: Environmental Science and Sustainability



IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
 

Discontinue Option IV: Environmental Science and Sustainability of the BS in Geological Sciences degree.


Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.

 

Pages 291, 295-297


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

  The Jackson School of Geosciences Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences Option IV: Environmental Science and Sustainability was first offered to students in fall 2006 (Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008). During the creation of that degree option student demand for an environmental science degree became more evident. As the BS GeoSci Option IV was receiving final approvals collaborative discussions were already underway regarding a multi-disciplinary Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. The BS GeoSci Option IV inadvertently became a precursor to the BSES degree program approved in fall 2010.

Unlike most undergraduate degree programs currently offered by UT Austin, the BSES configuration involves three separate majors, one housed within each college/school instead of a single major housed within one college/school that has different “tracks” or “subordinate programs.” Recognizing the potential similarities between the BS GeoSci, Option IV: Environmental Science and Sustainability and the BS EnvSci: GeoSci, the Jackson School’s intention was to discontinue the BS GeoSci, Option IV upon approval of the BS EnvSci. Due to the timing of the approval of the BSES degree the request to discontinue the BS: GeoSci Option IV could not be submitted until this time.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

No


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

 


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?

  No

If yes, explain:
 

 

 


Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
  No

If yes, explain:
 

 



COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: September 15, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: September 19, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 19, 2011

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.